Victoria find a way in Canada West Final
Victoria Vikes 70 Saskatchewan Huskies 67 – With both teams guaranteed a trip to Nationals, this Canada West championship may have seemed like icing on the cake, but the ferocity of play belied that notion, with several lead changes, some sharp-shooting from both teams, then a combative finish in the last minute.
Victoria captured their 15th League title, by reaching down and recovering from a nasty 3rd quarter, which saw a 9 point half-time lead reversed to a 10 point deficit in the 7 minutes starting the 2nd. The home-town Huskies went cold in the 4th, and Victoria got just enough offense to creep back in, as Chris McLaughlin and Marcus Tibbs scored key points down the stretch. Tibbs did most of his damage in the opening 20 minutes, and finished the game with 25 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds; McLaughlin had to work hard for his 12 points and 10 rebounds, but he was a big factor at both ends of the floor when it really counted.
The Huskies were on the brink of pulling away for the win, but stalled out in the last 4 minutes; they got another gem of a game from 5th year guard, Ben Baker, who scored 21 pts, grabbed 10 boards, and added 6 assists. Evan Ostertag came off the bench for U of S to hit 7/11 from the floor for 17 points, but their 39% FG shooting just wasn’t enough to get the job done.
Bragging rights in the West, a higher seed, and a better draw at Nationals go to the Vikes; the CIS Final 8 draw comes out on Sunday, and both these teams will be on flights to Toronto by Tuesday in all likelihood. Box Score
Cascades use the outside shot to win 3rd place game
Fraser Valley Cascades 87 UBC Thunderbirds 71 – After dropping their ‘win or else’ semi-final games on Friday, the ‘Birds and Cascades could be excused for a lack of fire in this ‘consolation’ tilt. The Cascades were obviously the more motivated team, as they force the Thunderbirds into 17 turnovers and beat them on the boards 33-30. The big difference was a return of their 3 point shooting touch, as UFV hits 12/29 (41%) vs 4/17 (24%) for UBC.
Very balanced scoring for the Cascades, as it has been most of the season, with 5 players in double figures, led by the 18 of Manny Dulay as he connects on 6/11 from beyond the arc; Nate Brown scores 17 and 7 rebounds, while Kadeem Willis adds 16, and both Kevon Parchment and Dom Brooks tally 15. UBC has 19 from Kedar Wright and 18 from Tommy Nixon in his final CIS game for the T-Birds. Box Score
Other CIS Playoff action on Saturday –
Quebec Final –
at Bishop’s Gaiters 68 McGill Redmen 63 – home court proves valuable for the 2nd seeded Gaiters, who take the Cup and the lone Quebec berth at Nationals.
Ontario Final 4 – at Ottawa U.
Final – Carleton Ravens 103 Windsor Lancers 59 – The Ravens win the OUA championship in impressive fashion, as they avenge a loss in regular season play to the Lancers.
3rd place game – Ottawa Gee-Gees 79 Ryerson Rams 66 – The Gee-Gees recover from their upset loss to Windsor, and should be highly seeded at the Nationals.
The Field for Nationals – ( draw to be announced on Sunday)